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Former attorney jailed in Dade City mobile home break-in

DADE CITY — The power had been shut off in William Webb Greenfelder's mobile home on U.S. 301, and his cell phone was missing.

In the vacant mobile home next door, the landlord found a cell phone charging in an outlet in the kitchen, and an orange extension cord running from the bedroom, out a window and into the yard where it had been covered from view. It stopped a few feet short of Greenfelder's place.

Somebody had pried open the front door. The landlord called the Sheriff's Office.

When deputies approached Greenfelder, they said he "had no knowledge of the break-in or extension cord."

The cell phone, though — that was his. It must have been stolen, he told a detective.

Greenfelder is 38 and a licensed attorney, but is not in good standing with the Florida Bar. He became ineligible to practice law in 2005 for failing to pay his Bar fees. That December, according to Florida Bar reports, he was arrested by Tampa police over a fight he had with his wife.

The reports say Greenfelder threw a large candlestick at her, striking her in the breast. Then he refused to let her leave their bedroom for 13 hours. She told officers he punched her in the face and pushed her to the floor. Later, she led officers through their house, pointing out his cocaine, pills and guns — all illegal.

The criminal case fell apart when Greenfelder successfully argued that the search of his home was illegal, but the Bar moved forward with discipline proceedings. Greenfelder, who never responded to the Bar's letters, was eventually suspended for 91 days and told to undergo psychiatric and substance abuse evaluations before he could be reinstated.

He is still not eligible to practice. And as of Thursday evening, he was still in jail, charged with residential burglary and held in lieu of $10,000 bail.

The break-in happened in February, and the detective noted he did not have enough evidence to charge Greenfelder then. Sheriff's Office spokesman Kevin Doll could not provide details Thursday about what evidence emerged this week that led to Greenfelder's arrest.

Molly Moorhead can be reached at moorhead@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6245.

Former attorney jailed in Dade City mobile home break-in 04/28/11 [Last modified: Thursday, April 28, 2011 9:01pm]
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